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While it remains to be seen whether or not James will make the trek to Columbus to witness the game in person - as he has done several times throughout his NBA career - the 4-time NBA MVP appears to have donated another gift to his favorite college football program. Quarterback matchup? It's not only a exhausted cliche, it's also inaccurate.

We don't often witness moments like this in college football's regular season.

VIDEO: Baker Mayfield talks to media following last year's 45-24 loss to Ohio State in Norman. For Ohio State, it's another chance to prove dominance on the national stage and get an early start on a Heisman campaign for J.T. Barrett or J.K. Dobbins.

One of the great things about college sports is heated rivalries.

Yes, it's ridiculously early. Penn State's Mike Gesicki (four catches, 48 yards) and Michigan's Jake Butt (five catches, 58 yards) were held in check by their standards previous year. Grier was the Big 12 leader the first week with 423 total yards against Virginia Tech, completing 31 of 53 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns while running for 52 yards in a tough loss.

Ohio State unleashed running back JK Dobbins in its season-opening 49-21 win at in, and all the freshman from La Grange did was rush for 181 yards.

Neither player wants anything to do with that storyline. "But no, it's going to be a huge matchup in the trenches".

Ohio State football player Mike Weber took to social media to show off some special footwear.

But mostly, it all springs from Barrett and Mayfield.

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It's because of those questions that Saturday's game is another proving-ground game for both quarterbacks.

Barrett keeps getting disparaged. Against Indiana, he was 20 of 35 for 304 yards and three touchdowns - nice numbers, especially considering that eight passes were dropped - but he was haunted by a lackluster first half.

"I was locked-in", OU receiver Jeff Badet said.

"We enjoy winning here and we don't take it for granted", Riley said. Florida Atlantic is 0-15 SU and 7-8 ATS in its last 15 games as an underdog of at least 7.5 points. Riley was the offensive coordinator the last two seasons and led an offense that ranked third in the nation in scoring offense (44.2 points per game) during that time.

Meyer said the decision of Bob Stoops to step down this summer caught him by surprise, but he doesn't detect much difference on the field from the team Ohio State faced a year ago. The Buckeyes have plenty of talent and speed, but we're still waiting to see evidence that they can attack opponents downfield.

VanHaaren: The last three home teams have won this game, and the last three teams with the most rushing yards have also won.

The Buckeyes have the potential to be dominant on offense every year, and 2017 is no different. "I-O!" chants still ring in his ears.

Neither side is buying into the narrative, though, that just because the Buckeyes rolled previous year at Oklahoma they are a shoo-in to win this one in the Horseshoe. Mayfield on the other.

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